Award-Winning Photographer Left Iran To Be Gay. Two Months After Finding Love, He Died Of Coronavirus.

by via Patrick Strudwick, Buzzfeed To the customers at the branch of Sainsbury’s supermarket in Clapham, South London, where he worked part-time towards the end of his life, Shahin Shahablou was simply an incredibly helpful member of staff. They had no idea who he was or what he had endured. Shahablou, who died of the […]

First Ever UK Muslim Pride This Spring!

LGBT+ Muslim group Imaan has set the date for the UK’s first ever Muslim Pride festival. The event will take place in London on Saturday, April 11, the group announced on social media. “It’s happening! We’ve set the date for the first EVER Muslim Pride event. Tickets go on sale in two weeks!” they said […]

A Queer Céilí At The Marty Forsythe nominated for Irish Stage Award

As part of OTP 2019, Schools OUT UK’s Dr Jeff Evans commissioned a play based on events in Ulster’s LGBT+ history that he witnessed first hand. It has earned actor Christopher Grant who plays Michael a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2020. A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe: […]

LGBT+ lessons: Government’s support ‘half-hearted’ & left teachers exposed

The government’s support for schools attacked for promoting LGBT+ inclusion has been “half-hearted” and has left many teachers “exposed”, public figures and religious activists say. Author Philip Pullman and Tory MP Crispin Blunt are among 77 signatories of a letter to the education secretary following months of protests outside schools against LGBT+ lessons. The open letter says government […]

Founder of LGBT History Festival North East Comes Out: as a Muslim

A university lecturer and Equality campaigner has announced that he has embraced Islam as a faith. Not only that; he has become chair of a new Muslim LGBTQI+ organisation called Hidayah. Drew Dalton, a Senior Lecturer at a UK university, after having spent almost twenty years within the sectors of both education (schools and colleges) and […]

The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted in favour of same-sex weddings

The Scottish Episcopal Church has become the first mainstream branch of Christianity in the UK to allow same-sex weddings. In a vote on June the 8th at its General Synod, all three houses of the meeting – the bishops, clergy and laity – came out in favour. The decision was overwhelming, with at least two-thirds of […]

“Unchechen” – New Short Film on the Plight of Gay Men in Chechnya

New Short Film on the Plight of Gay Men in Chechnya   “Unchechen” is a new short film about the attempted genocide of gay men in Chechnya (a federal republic of Russia) that hopes to act as a call to action.  The three minute film has been created by the award-winning Inkbrew Productions and Digital […]

Church of England's rejection of gay marriage report welcomed

from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38989304 Gay rights campaigners have welcomed the rejection by the Church of England’s Synod of a call for continued opposition to same-sex marriage. The House of Bishops’s report maintained church marriages should be between men and women, and same-sex relationships cannot be blessed – but the House of Clergy dismissed it. Campaigner […]

'Denial was my middle name'

US relationship counsellor Shannon Bradley-Colleary reveals in an article in the Huffington Post how her Bible Belt grandmother had a reality check when one of her daughters came out as a lesbian way back in 1988. Revealing her grandmother’s letter to her homophobic chaplain, in which she says ‘Denial was my middle name’, she shows […]